Medical Center, Church and School Join in “Hospital Sabbath”
"Hospital Sabbath, held each year at the White Memorial church, is a chance for all White Memorial Medical Center employees and physicians of any religion or faith to worship together and share our spiritual bond," said CEO Beth Zachary.
"Larry Caviness, Southern California Conference president and vice-chair of the White Memorial Governing Board, riveted attendees with the heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting story of his son's brave struggle with a rare, terminal illness," Zachary added.
Chaplain Edgar Urbina originally suggested the concept of an annual "Hospital Sabbath" that is now scheduled each October. "As a hospital, we want to have fellowship with the community, which includes the White Memorial church and the White Memorial School," said Urbina. "On that Sabbath, our administrators and board members lead out, providing even a children's story led by Roland Fargo, vice president of Business Development; Peter Baker, manager of Business Analytics; and Ray Morales, M.D." Comparing the Sabbath celebration to Old Testament annual Sabbaths, Urbina noted that nearly all of the administrators were on the church program and are looking forward to the 2010 service.
"Each year, the hospital gives an award to someone who has made a positive impact on the community," Urbina said. "Our first honoree was Belen Tamayo, a White Memorial church member who started Sabbath afternoon singing bands in the hospital and has continued leading them for years. Devon Ludwig, White Memorial School principal, was our latest honoree."
"I accepted the award in acknowledgement of the fantastic work of the school staff," Ludwig explained. "We have worked to improve the school, painting the exterior and fencing; landscaping and planting fruit trees. Alfendy Mamora, grades five and six teacher, works weekday mornings at 6:30, picking up litter and sweeping streets around the school, assisted by some students who arrive early.
"When neighbors saw our improvements, some who had planned to sell their homes decided to stay, and have begun improvements on their homes.
"The award is also shared by White Memorial School students, who provide music for medical center occasions," Ludwig added.
"We enjoy strengthening our relationship with the hospital on Hospital Sabbath," said Ben Del Pozo, senior pastor. "White Memorial Medical Center soon will celebrate its 100th anniversary, and the church's history will be forever attached to their history because of our friendship."